Internet

How "big tech" influence electoral processes and why transparency is essential 

Monday 21 December 2020 | Andreas Vou
| VoxEurop

Over the years, Big Tech companies have morphed from mere platforms to major international players with vested financial and political motives and connections. Their roles in influencing elections in Europe must be seriously addressed.


Big Tech’s aggressive EU lobbying has caused a power shift 

Tuesday 20 October 2020 | Andreas Vou
| VoxEurop

The drastic increase of lobbying expenditure by Big Tech companies is denting Europe’s traditionally strict privacy laws and shifting more power into the hands of corporations. And the COVID-19 is playing in the latter's hand. 


COVID-19 has served as the pretext for widespread surveillance 

Wednesday 29 July 2020 | Andreas Vou
| VoxEurop

Mass data collection, geo-location tracking and facial recognition have become normalised in the climate of widespread fear of contagion. Yet these threats to privacy, liberty and democracy will only deepen with the imposition of contact tracing apps.


Young men taking a selfie in swimwear

Undress or fail: Instagram's algorithm strong-arms users into showing skin  Large investigation

Wednesday 17 June 2020 | Nicolas Kayser-Bril
Judith Duportail
Kira Schacht
Édouard Richard
| Algorithm Watch

An exclusive investigation reveals that Instagram prioritizes photos of scantily-clad men and women, shaping the behavior of content creators and the worldview of 140 millions Europeans in what remains a blind spot of EU regulations.


The risks posed by 5-G driven smart cities   in depth

Sunday 13 October 2019 | Andreas Vou
| VoxEurop

The 5G networks that are being deployed all around Europe can provide inhabitants of cities with sustainable living, reduced traffic and stringent security, but the technology can also determine a slippery slope towards mass surveillance.


Internet users (World Bank)

Friday 20 December 2019 | Alternatives Economiques

Figures published by the World Bank track the increase in the use of internet worldwide.


Copyright reform: the forthcoming EU directive we'll all be worrying about in a few years time

Wednesday 13 June 2018 | Giorgio Comai
| OBC Transeuropa

On June 20, the Legal Affairs committee of the European Parliament will vote on a proposed directive for Copyright reform. Sounds obscure? It is actually a hotly debated topic: the new directive may well shape how the internet will look like in a few years, among other things changing how linking and uploading of contents works.


Are European data watchdogs prepared for GDPR?  in depth

Wednesday 23 May 2018 | Nikolaj Nielsen
Peter Teffer
Carmen Aguilar
| VoxEurop
EUobserver

European data protection authorities are conducting profoundly different recruitment policies to enforce the EU's upcoming new privacy rules.


Four years of token sales around the world in one graph

Monday 15 January 2018 | VoxEurop

Elementus listed the token sales (Initial Coin Offers, ICO) that successfully raised at least $100k (€85k) from the beginning of 2014 through the end of November 2017.


EU smart cities join the data boom 

Tuesday 15 January 2019 | Stefano Valentino
| VoxEurop
MobileReporter

Many European cities did not wait for central governments’ green light to take advantage of the opportunities provided by technology and big data to improve governance and their citizens’ lives. A closer look at Utrecht and Santander shows how smart cities can play a role model.